Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Samuel E. Kelly Lecture

2014 Lecture – “Are We There Yet? The Four Directions in Native American Higher Education”

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: Reception – 5-6 p.m. / Lecture – 6-7 p.m.
Location: Alder Hall, Commons & Auditorium
Cost: FREE but advance registration is requested. Please RSVP to cpromad@uw.edu or 206-685-9594 by April 21.

Featuring Cheryl A. Metoyer, Ph.D.

Cheryl A. MetoyerCheryl A. Metoyer will present the 2014 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Dr. Metoyer is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Washington iSchool and Adjunct Associate Professor in American Indian Studies. Her research interests include indigenous knowledge systems, with an emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native tribal nations, and information seeking behaviors in cultural communities.

Dr. Metoyer’s work is published in major research journals, including College & Research Libraries, Library and Information Science Research, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. The Association of College and Research Libraries honored her book, “Gatekeepers in Ethnolinguistic Communities.”

Dr. Metoyer has assisted the Mashantucket Pequot, Cahuilla, San Manuel, Yakama, Navajo, Seneca, Mohawk and the Lakota nations in the development of their research centers, libraries, archives and museums. She has the distinction of being elected the first American Indian delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services.

Before joining the iSchool faculty, Dr. Metoyer was the Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. She also served on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Metoyer held the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian History at the University of California, Riverside. In 2006, she was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities to pursue her study of Native American systems of knowledge. Over the years, Dr. Metoyer has been a member of several advisory boards, including the Newberry Library D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Lecture Topic

Are We There, Yet? The Four Directions in Native American Higher Education
Native Americans are steadily and resolutely contributing to the intellectual and institutional life of the academy. Using an indigenous epistemology, Dr. Cheryl Metoyer will examine this historic development of Native Americans in higher education. Drawing from her research on indigenous knowledge systems, she will map this passage through the physical, mental, social and spiritual domains of Native American philosophy. This will also include the emergence of Native American scholarship, research methodologies and governance models.

About the Lecture Series

Dr. Samuel E. Kelly

Dr. Samuel E. Kelly

Named in honor of the University of Washington’s first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs (1970), the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice. Understanding differences takes place where there are opportunities to learn and become more informed about other people’s viewpoints, historical perspectives, life experiences, cultures, customs and contributions. Educational institutions have an opportunity and responsibility through teaching and research to promote awareness of diversity and its importance within a campus community and society.


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